Another Qantas 747-400 has flown off into retirement with the departure of VH-OJI from Sydney bound for Honolulu and Mojave, California, where it faces an uncertain future in storage.
Operating as QF6021 VH-OJI took off from Sydney at – appropriately enough – 7:47am on Saturday, with flight tracking website flightaware.com showing it arriving in Honolulu 8 hours 51 minutes later.
OJI was delivered to Qantas in December 1990, and operated its last revenue flight for the airline, QF22 from Tokyo-Narita to Sydney, on June 22.
Its departure reduces the Qantas 747-400/-400ER fleet to eleven aircraft (six GE-powered 747-438ERs, four RR-powered 747-438s and one GE powered 747-48E). Qantas has announced plans to reduce its 747-400 fleet to nine (the six -400ERs and the three youngest RR -400s, all recently reconfigured with A380-style interiors) by mid-2016.